Patten
GLAQJO XAACSO


3.5
great

Review

by Adash USER (43 Reviews)
October 28th, 2011 | 21 replies | 3,470 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What you do with what you have when what you got is a lot

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Patten weaves through genres with effortless ease, deliberately biting off more than he can chew before regurgitating it into an indescribably gorgeous mess of clacking beats, stabbing synths and rollicking basslines. Fascinating and overbearing in equal measure, GLAQJO XAACSO pulls out very nearly all the stops over the course of its forty minute running time; such kid in a toy store mentality might get grating if it wasn’t so effortlessly done. Patten succeeds in mixing together the best of his influences in a kitchen where he is indubitably the master chef: the fact that for the most part the listener is only allowed to savour the delicious aural aroma for a few moments at a time makes this feast for the ears even more enticing. That this doesn’t eventually become infuriating is testament to his skill as a producer; the music itself may be unrestrained but the composition sure as hell isn’t.

Firedream is perhaps the most satisfying cut, if only because as the longest track on the album it allows Patten to leave sounds to develop rather than abandoning them to metamorphose and scuttle off in different directions. Indistinct vocals wallow sleepily like salamanders in the magma of smouldering synths whilst the drums, programmed with a feather light touch, drift like ash over the molten flow. The gradual percussive build up ultimately releases in an eruption of machine gun snares and a melodic tide so thick it eventually swallows the track whole. Highlighting (one of) the other aspects of Patten’s sound are the hazy vibes of Out the Coast; a dreamy programmed miasma envelops the off kilter beats, causing them stagger drunkenly with arms outstretched through the intoxicating fog.

Few recent debuts have been more paradoxical than this offering from London based producer Patten. Incongruous yet somehow beautifully coherent, GLAQJO XAACSO is a stand out album in a scene that has already had a lot of stunning releases and one or two near masterpieces. Most of the tracks are kept short and sweet, ensuring that the multiplicity of sounds remains manageable and never gets totally out of hand. When the dichotomous jigsaw pieces slot into place, the results are astounding; simply put, this is the kind of unrestrained music Actress would make if he were to feed his already mind bending tunes through a crack pipe in an underwater opium den.

Bass wunderkind Joy Orbison recently posted a video of the mysterious Darren Cunnigham performing at Sonar festival with the not so subtle tagline ‘Our Saviour’. So come all ye faithful and repeat after me:

There is no god but Actress and Patten is his prophet.



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Adash
October 28th 2011



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

In retrospect, I can't tell if I'm reviewing Patten or just jerking off over Actress

But truthfully I haven't had this much fun listening to an album for a good few months

Firedream
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JS6rYYJuK14

Out the Coast
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAcIdruvCdc

Calculate
October 28th 2011



1135 Comments


I can't wait to get my ears on this!

Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
October 28th 2011



1588 Comments


Haven't checked this out yet, saw it a few days ago but still wrapping my head around the cover art.....

Link me to a youtube/soundcloud page for 1-2 songs you recommend off it.

Manic_
October 28th 2011



447 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

saw this record on nodata awhile ago but didn't think anything of it, might have to pick it up now.

Adash
October 28th 2011



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Some badman tunes now linked in first comment

ThePac
October 28th 2011



219 Comments


can I grab this on CD anywhere?

Adash
October 28th 2011



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Should be able to get it on Boomkat or Amazon, you can also 'aquire' it online if you want it bad

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2011



30904 Comments


Rules

Undoubtedly

Digging: FaltyDL - In The Wild

ThePac
October 28th 2011



219 Comments


@ adash

wow never heard of boomkat before thanks

and they have it on wax, zing

Adash
October 28th 2011



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

boomkat is amazing for all this 'underground' stuff we love so much. Patten has actually had some coverage on RA and such so should be available in places

Zettel
October 28th 2011



582 Comments


I am on my way for checking this out, though I do not have the slightest idea who Patten or Actress are, but thanks for bringing my attention to this. Review smells tasty.

Zettel
October 28th 2011



582 Comments


Oh, was not aware Deviant was already a Staff member. Congratulations, electronic music needs strong representation in this site.

Adash
October 28th 2011



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@ZET: This is good, But MAKE SURE you get Splazsh by Actress.

Heres hoping that deviant takes over sputnik, makes all the tabs 'electronic' and turns this into resident advisor part deux

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2011



4507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Will be listening to this.

Zettel
October 28th 2011



582 Comments


@Adash:

Alright, I will check Actress first.

"Heres hoping that deviant takes over sputnik, makes all the tabs 'electronic' and turns this into resident advisor part deux"

Haha. I would be enough for me if electronic music had its own tab, instead of the infamous and generic "Other". It is a scar on the face of this site.

struth
October 28th 2011



435 Comments


This album is tight, didn't expect to see a review around here.

Adash
October 28th 2011



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Expect great things. And congratulations for emerging from the Sputnik woodwork with a ludricously good taste in music.

Big Tings

MaskAtTheMasquerade
February 7th 2014



2887 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

my goodness this is good........

ShitsofRain
February 21st 2014



5612 Comments


at least there are dicks on the cover

Digging: Ben Sims - Fabric 73

hiyabootchie
March 15th 2014



339 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is def a headphone type album. Big difference listening to on a stereo vs your headphones.

Digging: James Holden - DJ-Kicks



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